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Legislators Seek Investigation Into Allegations Against DA Bebb

Some Southeast Tennessee lawmakers including state Sen. Mike Bell and Reps. Eric Watson and Kevin Brooks say constituents have been bombarding them with messages and questions about the allegations of multiple problems under District Attorney General Steve Bebb.
The Chattanooga Times-Free Press, which pointed out the allegations in a recent series, now reports on the legislators calling for an investigation.
“I believe my constituents would like to see this matter cleared up,” said Bell, a Riceville Republican who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Bell said he has spoken to the Senate leadership and to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
“It is my understanding that they [TBI] are looking into the allegations,” Bell said. “I hope that there is an investigation that would get to the bottom of this one way or the other, and that would bring some type of closure to this situation.”
Watson, a Cleveland Republican, former captain in the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a written statement that “the integrity of the system of justice in the Tenth District and in our State should not be determined by mere rumors — nor should the reputation of Steve Bebb.
“If rumors or statements alleging misconduct are true, action should take place, either voluntarily by District Attorney Bebb or by the appropriate authorities including the Tennessee House of Representatives, to ensure that our laws are administered properly,” Watson wrote. “District Attorney Bebb has been seriously maligned by the information which has been presented. If the alleged charges are untrue, he should be cleared of these allegations by the appropriate authorities and the rumors should be dispelled.”
Brooks, also a Cleveland Republican, said he was deferring to his colleagues’ Judiciary Committee experience.
“Obviously they are the ones in the criminal investigations business,” Brooks said Friday.
Contacted by telephone Friday, Bebb said, “I’m not going to comment to you. You’re not going to get a comment from me.”